STA Level 2 Award Open Water Swimming Coaching Qualification 


  • Be at least 18 years of age

  • Hold current membership of STA

  • Show evidence of open water swimming experience

  • Hold either a swimming teaching, coaching or triathlon coaching Level 2 qualification

  • Learners who do not hold a Level 2 qualifications must complete the STA open water swimming online up-skill programme.

About the Qualification

Open Water is the fastest growing swimming activity within the UK and many more people are taking part in open water swimming events.  As an open water swimming coach, you will be responsible for planning, coaching, and evaluating swimmers in a session in an open water environment. 

This qualification will provide you with the knowledge, skills and techniques needed for providing open water swimming sessions.  You will be able to plan, deliver and evaluate a session effectively.

You will be able to coach a range of swimming abilities from novice open water swimmers through to those who are training for a specific open water event.  As an open water coach, you will be responsible for ensuring the safety of your swimmers in the open water environment as well ensuring the equipment used is safe and fit for purpose.

You will be qualified to coach sessions in an open water environment in which you are competent and experienced in.  You will not be able to coach swimmers for an event in which you are not experience in.